first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Wednesday that its continuing its commitment to fighting discrimination in housing by making available grants totally $38 million through its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). The funding supports multiple fair housing activities, including testing, outreach activities, public education, and building capacity.The FHIP is an effort by HUD to bring together fair housing organizations and other nonprofits to assist people that believe they’ve fallen victim to discrimination. Organizations send out testers—who are both non-Hispanic whites and minorities—with the same financial qualifications to see if they are treated differently when looking for housing opportunities.This year’s funds are available through three different initiatives, as follows:Under the category of the Education and Outreach Initiatives (EOI), the HUD has made available grants totaling $7,450,000 for the education of the general public as well as housing providers about individual rights and lender responsibilities as put forth under federal law. This grant money will also support local and state organizations in the enforcement of fair housing laws that mirror the Fair Housing Act. One million dollars will also be dedicated to a national media campaign.In the Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI), which strives to build up nonprofit organizations and increase their effectiveness, will have a total of $500,000 in grants to disseminate. HUD is particularly interested in organizations that focus on underserved populations, such as rural areas and immigrants.Finally, the Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) grants will continue to offer a total of $30.35 million to organizations that handle claims of housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, including testing, intake, investigations, and litigation.Qualified organizations are encouraged to apply through grants.gov. EOI grants should search FR-6100-N-21-A; FHOI grants search FR-6100-N-21B; and PEI grants should search FR-6100-N-21C.The deadline for HUD to receive applications is September 18, 2017. Home / Daily Dose / A Helping Hand from HUD About Author: Joey Pizzolato The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: EOI Fair Housing Act FHOI HUD PEI Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Related Articles A Helping Hand from HUD Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 2, 2017 1,197 Views  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Money to Recovering Cities Next: Disrupting the Paradigm for Document Collaboration EOI Fair Housing Act FHOI HUD PEI 2017-08-02 Joey Pizzolato Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgIS IT TRUE that the 54-year-old Weinzapfel is currently leading the Indiana Attorney General campaign funding with $609K?  …last year Weinzapfel received $15,000 from John Engelbrecht and $10,000 from John Dunn, both of Evansville?  …his law firm, Jones Wallace LLC in Evansville, has donated $2,500 to Weinzapfel’s AG campaign?  … also, Democratic State Representative Ryan Hatfield also donated $800 towards Mr.Weinzapfel’s campaign?IS IT TRUE we been told by several movers and shakers within the Democratic State Party that the former two (2) term Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel is the odds on favorite of being elected as the Democratic nominee for the Indiana Attorney General office? IS IT TRUE that County Commissioner Ben Shoulders will be hosting his Fourth Annual “March Madness Birthday” fundraising event at Bud’s on West Franklin Steet on March 26, 2020?  …we are told around 300 people will be attending “Shoulders Birthday BasH”?IS IT TRUE if any local political candidate listed on the 2020 election ballot that has an upcoming political fundraiser we shall post it in the CCO without costs, bias or editing?IS IT TRUE that the SW Indiana Young Democrats hosted a Meet-N-Greet at KC’s Time Out Lounge last weekend?…numerous County and Congressional candidates were in attendance?  …that City Council President, Alex Burton, and County Commissioner, Ben Shoulders served as guest speakers?  … it’s obvious that this organization is picking up momentum for the upcoming November 2020 General election?  … we are told that many area High School and College students are joining this group in impressive numbers? We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?(Recently we detected an issue where our subscribers may have not been getting breaking news alerts from the City-County Observer. This notification is to let you know that starting today you have been added to receive future news alerts.  If you no longer want to receive future news alerts please opt-out by clicking the link in your e-mail to unsubscribe). IS IT TRUE the question is “What is an online newspaper called”?  …the answer is “An online newspaper is the online version of a newspaper, either as a stand-alone publication or as the online version of a printed periodical. Going online created more opportunities for newspapers, such as competing with broadcast journalism in presenting breaking news in a more timely manner”?IS IT TRUE the question is “What is the benefit of an Internet publication over newspaper”?  …the answers “Online newspapers are a popular way to publish content on general or specific newsworthy happenings. They are cheaper to produce than traditional print newspapers and have the potential to reach a wider and more global audience”? Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Indiana is headed in the right direction? Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, “READERS POLL”, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS”, EDUCATION, OBITUARIES and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. 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IS IT TRUE that the University of Evansville Purple Aces have done something that is unprecedented when performance on the basketball is considered?…the Aces are the first team ever in the entire history of NCAA basketball to have defeated the #1 team in America on the road and go on to lose every game in their own conference?…the 2019-2020 season has seen the hopes and expectations for the Aces rise to the highest they have ever been after they upset the #1 Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena and fall to despair after seeing a coach dismissed for personal issues and going on to lose 18 straight conference games in a row?…the Missouri Valley Conference that the Purple Aces play in is not exactly a top high-performance conference either?…what this shows is that coaching makes a tremendous difference and finding a good one is a key to success?IS IT TRUE when examining the “announced” attendance at Ford Center we found that after the win over the UK the Aces were drawing about 5,500 per game and when the losing began the “announced” attendance fell to closer to 4,500 per game?…even for the puffed up “announced” attendance, being a winning or losing team makes a 1,000 per game difference?…the reality here is that the hiring process at UE when it comes to basketball coaches is deficient in the area of vetting?IS IT TRUE this is not the first time that an organization based in Evansville has failed to vet something?…this harkens back to the days when the Winnecke Administration failed fundamentally to vet the Earthcare Energy LLC group and just handed them $200,000 without so much as checking online to see if they really had a patent as they claimed?IS IT TRUE that trust but verify is a lesson taught by President Ronald Reagan in dealing with the USSR?…one would expect that the faculty at the University of Evansville’s College of Business would teach the vetting process given the monumental failures of the past in both local government and university decisions?…nothing that leads to the dismissal of the former coach or faculty member was something that could have been learned by a competent vetting investigation?…vetting is not rocket science but it does require one to abandon the naive practice of taking everything a face value and do some simple investigating?…as one person literally said at a meeting of the Evansville City Council with respect to the Earthcare Energy fiasco. “there is this new thing called Google that will help you do investigations, I assume you have heard of it.”…vetting is something that Evansville and its namesake university have not to figure out?…that is a problem that comes from the top as opposed to the bottom of the decision-making apparatus?IS IT TRUE we been told that in a recent speech given at the Athena Awards luncheon by Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann she stressed the importance of hiring women for top management positions? …during her speech Dr. Ellspermann also told stories of personal discrimination she experienced in her past?IS IT TRUE it’s been alleged that Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer a candidate for the Ivy Tech-Evansville Chancellors position was told by a person in authority there is a slim chance that he will be hired as the Chancellor of the Ivy Tech-Evansville campus?  …if the above allegation is correct, we are puzzled why a person working at the IVY Tech Corporate office in Indy would tell Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer this just before his interview at the Ivy Tech-Evansville campus was conducted?IS IT TRUE we were told that all three (3) finalists for the Ivy Tech-Evansville Chancellors position did a great job in presenting themselves during their Indy and campus interviews?IS IT TRUE that Indiana campaign finance reports filed after the first of the year show that Attorney General Curtis Hill finished 2019 with $183,659.78 in his campaign war chest? …that Jonathan Weinzapfel, a Democrat and former two-term (2) term Mayor of Evansville, is heading into 2020 with $609,310.24 in his campaign war chest? 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first_imgEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: What exactly is the federal government’s Recreational Trails Program and is it true that it’s on the chopping block?                                                            — Randy Caldwell, Lyme, NHThe Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal assistance program that helps states pay for the development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The Congressionally mandated program was in jeopardy due to budget cuts, but its backers in Congress announced this past July that RTP would be retained to the tune of $85 million per year as part of the new surface transportation agreement law called MAP-21. Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar was instrumental in the retention of RTP by introducing it as an amendment to MAP-21 as a stand-alone program with its own dedicated funding.Overall, MAP-21 allocates $105 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion, maintain infrastructure and improve the overall efficiency of highway transportation. RTP is one of several provisions of MAP-21 that bolster transit, bike and pedestrian programs across the country.Funding for the RTP portion of MAP-21 comes from a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected across the country from non-highway recreational fuel use in snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks, and comes out of the Federal Highway Trust Fund. Half of the RTP funds are distributed equally among all 50 states, and half are distributed in proportion to the estimated amount of non-highway recreational fuel use in each state. Individual states are responsible for administering their own RTP monies and soliciting and selecting qualifying projects.That said, the use of RTP funding is restricted to maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages, purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment, construction of new trails, acquisition of easements or property for trails, and assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance. RTP funding may not go toward property condemnation (eminent domain), construction of new trails for motorized use on federally managed public lands or for facilitating motorized access on otherwise non-motorized trails.States must allocate 30 percent of their RTP funding for motorized trail use, 30 percent for non-motorized use, and the remaining 40 percent for so-called “diverse” (motorized and non-motorized) trail use. Projects may satisfy two categories at the same time, giving states some flexibility in how to allocate their share of the RTP pie. States can use up to five percent of their funds to disseminate related publications and operate educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to trails.Trail lovers across the country are thrilled that Congress extended RTP, which began in 2005 with a $60 million allocation and was increased each of the following years until it plateaued at $85 million in 2009. The continuation of the $85 million allocation was also good news to those who feared that if it wasn’t cut entirely it would be scaled back significantly. With new funding for the next two years, Americans can look forward to the creation of many new trails and continued maintenance of existing ones.CONTACTS: RTP info, www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/index.cfm; American Trails overview of RTP funding, www.americantrails.org/rtp.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more